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Warning signs posted along Salinas Riverbed as storms approach

Posted at 7:21 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 22:21:46-05

Paso Robles city leaders are warning people to stay out of the Salinas Riverbed as another storm system approaches the Central Coast.

The city is tracking the potential for significant rainfall beginning early Thursday morning through Monday.

Battalion Chief Scott Hallett says people in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding should take steps to protect themselves ahead of the storms. That includes placing sandbags outside of homes and clearing storm drains and gutters.

City leaders are advising people to stay out of the Salinas Riverbed during the storm. Signs have been posted, warning people that it could be dangerous.

Similar signs were placed in the riverbed earlier this month.

In March of 2018, 10 people were rescued from the riverbed by helicopter because of rising waters.

The city says the ground is saturated after other recent storms. That combined with high winds could increase the potential for downed trees and power lines.